Bengaluru, Jan 29: The man arrested in Honnali in Davangere is a suspected operative of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh the same outfit behind the Burdhwan blast, police have learnt. The police say that it is as per the confession of Mohammad Pabanur Hussain that they found that he was part of the JMB. [How police over-enthusiasm deters the war against terror]
The police also point out that he had come to Honnali from West Bengal a month back and was working here as a lorry driver. He told his employers that he has no family and should be given a job on sympathetic grounds.
Is Karnataka a safe hide-out?
The NIA which is probing the Burdhwan blasts case had said that several members of the JMB could have moved to South India and taken shelter. The NIA had also pointed out that many of them could have moved to Mangaluru and parts of Kerala.
It was only last week that the police in Bengaluru had arrested Sanju Bordoli, a Bodo militant. He was said to be involved in the Assam massacre and had come to Bengaluru as he found it to be a safe hideout.
Hussain's custody sought:
Meanwhile the police are seeking the custody of Hussain before a court in Honnali. They say that he was part of the JMB network and was in Honnali since the past month.
They had inputs about him and were tracking him, the police also point out. They would get in touch with the NIA to find out if he is a wanted operative for them in the Burdhwan blasts case.